Australia Pulls Out Of Afghanistan Tour; Naveen-ul-Haq Reacts

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Cricket Australia decides to pull out from their Afghanistan tour scheduled to play right after their India tour in March 2023.

Australia Pulls Out Of Afghanistan Tour

The Australian men’s cricket team were scheduled to face Afghanistan in three games in March following a tour to India. However, Cricket Australia said that, after talks with concerned parties that included the Australian government, the series would no longer take place.

“This decision follows the recent announcement by the Taliban of further restrictions on women’s and girls’ education and employment opportunities and their ability to access parks and gyms,” it said in a statement.

“CA is committed to supporting growing the game for women and men around the world, including in Afghanistan, and will continue to engage with the Afghanistan Cricket Board in anticipation of improved conditions for women and girls in the country. We thank the Australian Government for its support on this matter,” the CA statement read.

The Taliban regained control of Afghanistan in August 2021 and quickly began placing restrictions on women’s participation in sports.

Pace bowler Naveen-ul-Haq suggested on Twitter he would pull out of the Big Bash League in Australia, where he plays for the Sydney Sixers, in retaliation.

“Just read the news of Australia not playing the series against us. We should never mix politics with cricket & We are expecting the world to support Afg in this difficult situation rather then taking away the only one happiness we have. This is shocking & unacceptable act of CA” he tweeted.